Tour of Catalunya LIVE on Eurosport

Tour of Catalunya LIVE on Eurosport
By Eurosport

19/03/2013 at 10:31Updated 19/03/2013 at 10:33

Eurosport will be the only place to catch this year’s Tour of Catalunya with a host of potential Giro d'Italia and Tour de France contenders in action.

Among those lining up include Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, Movistar duo Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, 2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal and local favourite Joaquim Rodríguez.

The seven day stage race is the longest running race in Spain and is the fourth oldest stage race in the world – the first edition was held in 1911.

Eurosport will broadcast six and half-hours of LIVE racing throughout the week with six of the seven stages brought to you LIVE courtesy of our onsite commentary team of Sean Kelly and David Harmon.

Orica-GreenEdge will field an experienced team led by Allan Davis, Brett Lancaster and Simon Gerrans. Gerrans is backing up from the Milan-San Remo on Sunday and will target the tour’s mountain stages on days three and four.

Canadian Christian Meier was confident the team could reach their objectives and believed the addition of Gerrans would increase the squad’s chances of a stage victory.

“We come to this race looking at stage wins, and we have several options. We have sprinters who can climb very well and Gerro (Gerrans) for the days that may be a bit too much for them,” Meier said.

“We’ll definitely use our fast guys on the first two days to see if we can’t repeat on Alba’s [Michael Albasini’s] success from last year.

“To call this race a success, we’ll need to come away with a good stage win. It’s also important that Gerro (Gerrans) finishes the race feeling stronger as he builds towards the Ardennes Classics.”

Stages one, two, three and four are LIVE from 1.30am on Tuesday 19/3, Wednesday 20/3 and Thursday 21/3, Friday 22/3, Stage 5 on delay from 3am Saturday 23/3, Stage 6 LIVE from 1.45am Sunday 24/3 on and the seventh and final stage LIVE on Monday 25/3 from 1.30am.